Acardiac twins: Pathophysiology, diagnosis, outcome and treatment. Six cases and review of the literature

Kirsten Søgaard*, Lillian Skibsted, Vibeke Brocks

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    Twin gestation is often a hazardous pregnancy and especially the monochorionic twin pregnancy significantly contributes to fetal morbidity and mortality. Among the serious complications with twins, the twin-twin transfusion syndrome complicates 5-35% of monozygotic twin pregnancies with monochorionic placentation. Acardiac twinning, earlier known as chorioangiopagus parasiticus, is the most extreme manifestation of this condition. An acardiac twin is a rare complication of multifetal pregnancy, in the literature reported at an incidence of 1% of monochorionic twin pregnancies, i.e. 1 of 35,000 pregnancies. In the following paper we review the literature on the subject and report 6 cases, 5 twins and 1 triplet, that were diagnosed at our department during the period of 1993-1997 and treated conservatively. Only 1 child survived.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)53-59
    Antal sider7
    TidsskriftFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
    Vol/bind14
    Udgave nummer1
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 1999

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